Fire commissioner resigns

  • Written by Don Mann
Gerry Vucci
Woodinville fire commissioner Gerry Vucci has resigned from his post.

The interim board member made the announcement at the July 16 meeting of the Woodinville Board of Commissioners, citing a change in occupation that will require him to move from Woodinville.Vucci, a longtime volunteer at Woodinville Fire & Rescue, replaced Randy Ransom on the board last August. Ransom had resigned for health reasons.

Vucci, who worked on propulsion systems for boats, including Washington state ferries, said he’s going back to the contracting business.

“It’s just a good opportunity but one that requires a change of residency,” he said. “We won’t be too far away but we’ll be in a different zip code.”

He was asked to characterize his 11-month experience on the board.

“It was very positive for me and I learned a lot,” the reserved Vucci said, admitting it took him a while to “get away from the nervousness of being up front.”

He looked at his board tenure as another learning experience in his life, stating there was more to it than meets the eye.

“It was frustrating at times, like wondering why we had to spend so much time on this issue or that issue. But I’ve always respected the board and realize now there are other factors they have to look at, and what’s best for the district as a whole. I know I always put the district first and I leave with a clean conscience.”

He also leaves with an endorsement from Local 2099, which issued a statement: “Commissioner Vucci first joined the Woodinville BOFC during a time of incredible difficulty and was committed to making positive changes in the fire district. In spite of the ongoing tensions between labor and administration, reductions in the number of firefighters, and the closure of the Kingsgate fire station, Commissioner Vucci remained committed to returning the fire district’s priorities back to providing fire and emergency services to the community. He will be missed.”

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